Victoria Munro: Going Bush, Show Gallery, Staten Island, NY


June 20 – August 1, 2009
Opening: June 20, 2009, 2pm

New sculpture by New York-based, New Zealand artist Victoria Munro.

In the New Zealand English to U.S. English dictionary, ‘going bush’ is translated as “to drop out of society or become reclusive”. The expression is widely used not only when referring to a reclusive period but also to a notion that Kiwis and Aussies hold onto, that they, at any time may be able to drop everything and be successfully self sufficient in the wilds of their native countries. Having grown up in New Zealand, this notion is firmly rooted in Victoria Munro’s perception of her own abilities to ‘go bush’. With no real inclination for, or experience in the art of basic women VS nature survival, this is a mere romantic ideal. Nonetheless, she holds onto this ideal, joining the long list of New Zealand artists to memorialize the intrinsic connection to their native bush.

Victoria Munro was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975. She has spent the last thirteen years working between Auckland, New Zealand and New York, USA. During this time she has exhibited her photographic and sculptural works internationally and curated/co-curated exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Munro was co-director of rm3 and rm212 gallery from 1998-2002. She is the co-editor of art publication SOAP.